A mother-of-three whose baby was nearly hospitalised because of her itchy eczema managed to cure the condition with a homemade cream – and she’s set to make £1.5 million from the ‘miracle’ product.
Natalie Balmond, 51, from Brighton, spent 18 months taking her daughter Lula back and forth to various doctors and trying every treatment on the market to try and banish her itching – but nothing seemed to work.
Deciding to take matters into her own hands, she mixed up her own remedy using entirely natural products and in just a matter of days, she started to see dramatic improvements in her daughter’s skin.
Now, the £7.99 product which has since become known as Skin Salvation and is even prescribed on the NHS, has received a plethora of five-star reviews on Amazon and Google.
‘Lula’s eczema was about as bad as it could be,’ said Natalie, speaking about her now 21-year-old daughter to Fabulous Digital. ‘She was in such a state that they were thinking of admitting her to Great Ormond Street Hospital.’
Lula Balmond (pictured), now 21, first developed signs of severe eczema when she was just six months old. Within three months she was covered head to toe in the skin condition and often had trouble sleeping as a result
Natalie Balmond (right), the creator of the amazing Skin Salvation Salve, the natural eczema solution, with her daughter Lula (left), whose skin condition drove her mother to create the miraculous salve
The £7.99 product which has since become known as Skin Salvation is even prescribed on the NHS and has received hundreds of five star reviews online
Natalie, who’s also mum to Ellie, 25, and Ida, 16, detected the first signs when Lula was six months old and just three months later she was covered all over.
Her skin was not only sore and itchy but would often bleed and get infected – to the point she had to be wrapped in bandages every day.
‘A lot of conventional creams seemed to aggravate her skin and make it worse,’ Natalie told the publication.
‘I felt like there might be one or two ingredients in there that were helpful, but the others were often highly processed, fragranced and synthetic.’
The salve was such a success that Natalie (right) now employs 13 members of staff, including her two eldest daughters. Above, Lula (left) now works in the dispatches department for the business
While Lula’s condition didn’t improve completely after using the homemade product, it helped to get it under control
After struggling to find anything that didn’t cause her daughter’s skin to flare, Natalie began to research natural ingredients which best treated such skin condition and set to work in her kitchen.
And by pure chance she stumbled upon the winning formula. The mixture contained calendula, chickweed, nettle and chamomile, herbs, which helps fight the symptoms of eczema, and hemp seed oil, safflower and olive oil to hydrate the skin.
‘I don’t have any background in medicine or skincare, it was really a process of elimination and desperation which led me to this,’ explained the businesswoman.
Within a matter of days, Lula’s skin was looking better and it continued to improve over the next few weeks to the point where it was under control.
Skin Salvation hasn’t completely cured Lula’s eczema, but it has been the only product to date that’s cleared her skin
Lula’s entire body was affected, including the back of her knees (above), but after just few days of using the product, she saw dramatic improvements
While the homemade product was initially for Lula, Natalie’s friends started requesting pots of the miracle salve and it wasn’t long before a local paper got word of the product and customers were soon queuing up.
Natalie teamed up with best mate Weze Hannam, whose children use Skin Salvation for their eczema, and launched as a limited company in 2007.
Then in 2013 it was sold in Holland and Barrett and it is also now stocked in Waitrose, as well as being sold on their own site.
‘I spent thousands of pounds try different things, so we’re all about trying to help people through what can be a really, really awful time,’ explained Natalie.
Natalie (above) admitted that the five star reviews of the product has kept her going. She’s proud to have helped change so many lives for the better
The family business continues to grow rapidly. Pictured, Natalie, right, with daughters, from left-right, Ellie, 25, Lula, 21, and Ida, 16
‘The business is rapidly growing, we’ve had a really good year. Next year we’re targeted to turnover £1.5 million and we’ve made around £500,000 this year.
Natalie now employs 13 members of staff, including her two eldest daughters, and the success of the business meant it moved into a bigger warehouse last November.
‘My biggest highlight is the thousands of life-changing testimonies we’ve had,’ said Natalie.
‘That’s probably the thing that keeps me going the most, the immense feedback we get from people. That’s definitely the highlight every day for me.’